Face of the Ancient Gods

Most of the animals are gone,
fled back into the brush thick forest
under the green cloth of nature’s cloak,
out of sight to those who must be
the only actors on the stage.
Somehow we forget the power creatures provide
neglecting to honor the wild face
of the ancient gods alive within their form.
This morning let my fur grow thick and lengthen
to swim the frigid waters of discontent,
let my claws sharpen on the round stone of obstacles
to pierce the hide of friend and foe alike,
let me look across the ebbing tide of hunger
and see beneath the flood of food returning,
let my eyes close in darkness,
curling tail and whiskers sensing
all the hidden paths that take me home.



I am Crow

I am Crow





12 Responses to “Face of the Ancient Gods”

  1. Pichay says:

    Thank you, Don. This poem calls for daily visits for a period of time…

  2. tom wilson says:

    Simply exquisite. Wow.

  3. Scott MacRae says:

    Ho! Very powerful and from a deep place within US!

  4. bill dare says:

    As I prepare to go to Pine Ridge, this reminds me of all I have to be Grateful for throughout my life, Don. My teachers, especially around the lodge… And you, my friend.

  5. T Johansson says:

    You speak with a sharp shamanic tongue, Old Friend…
    an ancient language shared, but for so many of our kind,
    too long ago forgotten.
    Your sacred work to coax the few
    that still have ears to hear
    before paradise is truly lost.
    It is a lonely road, but still we try…

  6. Pete Lepanto says:


  7. Rich Matkins says:

    Thank you Don…I know those places you speak of and the feelings they invoke. Blessings, gratitude and love brother!

  8. Paul Blythe says:

    Powerful message
    exquisitely voiced!

  9. Rose says:

    The shamanic voice, unapologetic and poignantly calling.

  10. Maria Jimenez Frid says:

    The voice of nature speaks through your words and they evoke deep remembrance and gratitude. Thank you.

  11. Sarah Hanson says:

    Beautiful…..Powerful…..Deeply Resonating. Thank you…..

  12. David Banner says:

    I have such deep thanks for my animal friends….my cat, for example. He teaches me acceptance and patience all the time! Great poem……

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